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[libreoffice-documentation] About the LO documentation group join-up process


When I looked at https://documentation.libreoffice.org/en/join-the-documentation-team/i-want-to-write-technical-books/, there were just a few things I felt might improve it.

It assumes the reader knows how to join a mailing list. The LO mailing lists might be the first one a person has tried to join. And for myself, knowing that different mailing list programs have different requirements for the subscription/registration process, I personally felt uncertain what to do after reading:

"[...] from other volunteers. Subscribe to join the documentation team.

Please register in our documentation mainling list:

documentation@global.libreoffice.org: Discussions [...]"

So I have a few suggestions:

1. Correct that tiny typo: mainling

2. Expand it a little to say something like:

"To join the documentation team and help our efforts, subscribe to one or more of the mailing lists below. You do this simply by emailing a message (any message)[*] to the list you're interested in.

[*] Is that true? Or are there some requirements? I guessed a subject line of "subscribe and/or a body that included the word 'subscribe'.

3. Perhaps add a PS to that page (or include in the Welcome email), a note explaining the etiquette required for this ML.
Covering stuff like how to include (obfuscate?) email addresses in messages, use or restriction on links to personal websites, as well as a simple statement about respect and so forth.

(This occurred to me because I almost included a link to my blog in my signature, then felt that doing so could well be out of place and seen as self-promotion. IMHO Dave Barton's note just now about not changing the subject line, to keep messages in a thread, would be a good example of one of the etiquette rules.)

Regarding the sign-up process, which also contains the excellent advice to browse the ML archives, on the three occasions I visited the link http://dir.gmane.org/gmane.comp.documentfoundation.libreoffice.documentation over the course of a couple of hours, it always failed with an "Error 522 Connection timed out". (Ray ID: 4dc62aba5b3a942b • 2019-05-25 08:34:22 UTC)
Ditto just now, which is a couple of days after I first drafted this message. From the error page:

"What can I do?
If you're a visitor of this website:
Please try again in a few minutes.

If you're the owner of this website:
Contact your hosting provider letting them know your web server is not completing requests. An Error 522 means that the request was able to connect to your web server, but that the request didn't finish. The most likely cause is that something on your server is hogging resources."

HTH,

luke

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